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Nazareth Students Embark on Civil Rights Journey of Discovery and Hope

Published May 16, 2017

A group of 12 Nazareth College students started their first official week of summer break by embarking on a five-day Civil Rights Journey of Discovery and Hope from May 15 - 20, 2017. The group is traveling to Birmingham, Selma, and Montgomery, Ala., and Memphis, Tenn., to visit historical sites, meet with activists, historians and scholars. The May 2017 trip is the inaugural trip with the hopes of the Civil Rights Journey of Discovery and Hope occurring annually.

Led by Mohammed Ahamed, director of the Office for Diversity & Inclusion, and Michael Ngadi, area director in Residential Life, the 2017 Civil Rights Journey of Discovery and Hope is designed with five principal goals.

  • To research, discover, and appreciate the history of the Civil Rights movement through firsthand experience and on sites where significant historical occurrences took place
  • To develop knowledge about and a deeper understanding of segregation, Jim Crow Laws and the ramification of institutional, structural racism and the policies and practices that enable them. As well as Nazareth's direct connection with the founding and staffing of Good Samaritan Hospital in Selma, Alabama. The only hospital and school of nursing in 8 counties that served African Americans
  • To contextualize these experiences; comparing then and now by critiquing contemporary assumptions that perpetuate these systems, structures, policies, and practices of injustice in our society by reflecting and analyzing the experience of those who suffered and sacrificed for our civil liberties
  • To feel empowered, be able to empathize, and develop a lens that will foster growth, allyship, understanding, action, and a commitment to advocate for civil rights and actively work against injustice on our campus, in our city, country and world.
  • To use this knowledge and information to help build a future that is full of hope for the marginalized and peaceful for all

The 2017 Civil Rights Journey of Discovery and Hope is in direct support of Nazareth College's mission to "seek students who want to make a difference in their own world and the world around them, and encourages them to develop the understanding, commitment, and confidence to lead fully informed and actively engaged lives."

Participants will serve as ambassadors; they will be required to share their experience with the Nazareth Community through the hosting of campus forums and programs. As a leadership development trip, participants will also develop skills that will empower them to be active leaders/ambassadors in the areas of diversity and inclusion.

Supported by the Office of the President, Office for Diversity & Inclusion, Undergraduate Association, Office of Residential Life, Center for Spirituality, and Student Support Services.


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Nazareth College’s academic strengths cross an unusually broad spectrum of 60 majors, including education, health and human services, management, the fine arts, music, theater, math and science, foreign languages, and the liberal arts. The coeducational, religiously independent, classic campus in a charming suburb of Rochester, N.Y., challenges and supports 2,200 undergrads and 700 graduate students. Nazareth is recognized nationally for its Fulbright global student scholars and commitment to civic engagement. Rigorous programs, an uncommon arts and sciences core, experiential learning, career skills, and a global focus prepare graduates for not just one job, but for their life’s work.